Statistics show that Nova Scotia is now Canada’s top exporter of apples. Emily Lutz, executive director of the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association: “We have been seeing Nova Scotia’s share of the apple market increase pretty steadily over the last decade or so. “When you look at the numbers, you can see that despite being relatively small in terms of overall acreage, we do punch pretty far above our weight in terms of the value of our apples and our export capabilities.”
Statistics Canada figures for 2021 have Nova Scotia as the number 1 fresh apple international exporter by value, with exports valued at $17.6 million, ahead of B.C.’s $16.5 million and $12.6 million from Ontario.
The province has 4,924 acres of land devoted to apples, the fourth largest acreage in the country, and from 2016 to 2021 apple acreage increased by 11.5 per cent in Nova Scotia while decreasing everywhere else in Canada.